Well, the fifth Harry Potter, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is underway and Empire Online has scored their second great interview article today [first here] as they got to chat it up with the folks behind the film including its young stars and big wig David Heyman.
Harry Potter himself (Daniel Radcliffe) was all aglow when asked about the fifth film’s new director David Yates, “The new director’s fantastic. I’ve never been quite this pushed before, so regularly. He’s really pushing Harry’s emotional and psychological journey. But he also seems to have an incredible eye for sets and shoots and things.”
Rupert Grint (a.k.a. Ron Weasley) had equal sentiments, “Yeah, he’s really cool. We’re really getting on well. He’s a lot different from the other directors though. He’s a bit calmer, and he doesn’t really get stressed out at all, and he’s just a really nice bloke.”
Since I stopped reading the books after book three to make the movies that much better I don’t have any opinion on the stories as I anxiously await each film, but apparently there are mixed reviews regarding the fifth book and even Emma Watson (Hermoine Granger) has been quoted saying she didn’t really like it, but producer David Heyman seems positive on the adaptation. He told Empire, “Inevitably with every book you make choices and there are certain things you have to leave out, so there are things that are left out on this. It always kills me, but you have to do it. We showed the script to Jo a couple of months ago, and she was very happy with it, so I think it’s a good adaptation.”
At the end of the article Heyman confirms what I reported earlier as the release date has moved to an anticipated November 2007 release. “We’re actually shooting until the middle of May,” said Heyman, “and then we break up for two months so the kids can do exams. Then we pick up in July and we shoot until October or November.”
Sorry Potter fans we are going to have to wait a while for this one, but I can only assume it will be worth it.